Imported Food on Rise; Holes Remain in FDA Food Safety Net

As the amount of food imports into the US soars, so does the threat of illness from that food.

Underfunded and understaffed, the US Food and Drug Administration, the agency charged with policing

the safety of these imports, can’t keep up. According to an analysis of FDA data, the agency today

rejects about the same number of shipments of foreign food as it did a decade ago – when imports were

less than half the current level.

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